Book Lists

All students must purchase or have access to the following books from the first day of training until the end of the practicum year. PCTE instructors assign readings from the following books throughout the training. Students also use them for completing assignments during the practicum phase.

Infant Toddler

These are the books students will need for reading assignments.  PCTE strongly recommends students purchase these books.  If this is not possible, students must have access to these books in order to complete their assignments.

The following books are needed during the summer course work for the Infant and Toddler Program:

  • Seeing Young Children:  A Guide to Observing and Recording Behavior. (6th edition). Benzen, Warren R.

Instructor and Course:  Frost, Observation

  • The Montessori Controversy, Chattin-McNichols, John

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy

*also needed for fall assignment completion (optional purchasing)

  • The Discovery of the Child, by Maria Montessori,

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy and Brenner, Environmental Design

*also needed for fall assignment completion

  • The Secret of Childhood, Maria Montessori

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy; Brenner, Environmental Design; Frost, Pedagogy

*also needed for fall assignment completion

  • The Absorbent Mind, Maria Montessori

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy

*also needed for fall assignment completion for Brenner, Environmental Design

  • The Montessori Method, Maria Montessori

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy; Frost, Pedagogy and Environmental Design

*also needed for fall assignment completion for Peruzzi, Environmental Design

  • Maria Montessori, Her Life and Work, E.M. Standing

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy

*also needed for fall assignment completion for Brenner, Environmental Design

  • Theories of Childhood, Carol Garhart Mooney 
ISBN I-884834-85-X

Instructor and Course:  Christine Frost, Child Development;

  • Child Development:  by Laura Berk, Seventh Edition ISBN020544913

Instructor and Course:  Christine Frost, Child Development; Dr. Kildow, Child Development 0-3  (optional purchasing)

  • Nurturing the Spirit by Aline D. Wolf, Parent Child Press, 1996 ISBN 0939195178

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy

The following books are needed to complete assignments due at the Fall and Spring Seminars for the Infant and Toddler Program:

  • Discipline the Brazelton Way, T. Berry Brazelton and Joshua D. Sparrow

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Program Leadership and Procedures

  • Oneness and Separateness: From Infant to Individual, by Louise Kaplan

Instructor and Course:  Kildow, Child Development and Frost, Parent Issues

  • The World of the Child, Wolf, Aline

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy

  • Montessori from the Start, Paula Polk Lillard and Lynn Lillard

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Program Leadership and Procedures

  • Montessori Today, Paula Polk Lillard

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy

  • Montessori in Contemporary American Culture, Loeffler, Margaret Howard

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy  (optional purchasing)

  • Understanding the Human Being, by Silvana Quattrocchi Montanaro, MD

Instructor and Course:  Kildow, Child Development

  • The Child in the Family, Montessori, Maria

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy

  • The Advanced Montessori Method, Vol I, Montessori, Maria (Chapter 5)

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy

  • The Formation of Man, Montessori, Maria (Part I)

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy

  • Education for a New World, Montessori, Maria (chapter 12)

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy

  • Learning How to Learn, Rambusch,  Dr. Nancy McCormick

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy  (optional purchasing)

The below books are out of print or difficult to purchase.  They are available for limited use in the Nancy M. Rambusch Library:

  • The Montessori Controversy, Chattin-McNichols, John

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy

  • Child Development:  by Laura Berk, Seventh Edition ISBN020544913

Instructor and Course:  Christine Frost, Child Development; Dr. Kildow, Child Development 0-3  (optional purchasing)

  • Montessori in Contemporary American Culture, Loeffler, Margaret Howard

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy  (optional purchasing)

  • Learning How to Learn, Rambusch,  Dr. Nancy McCormick

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy  (optional purchasing)

Early Childhood

These are the books students will need for reading assignments.  PCTE strongly recommends students purchase these books.  If this is not possible, students must have access to these books in order to complete their assignments.  The following books are needed during the summer course work for the Early Childhood Program:

  • Seeing Young Children:  A Guide to Observing and Recording Behavior. (6th edition). Benzen, Warren R.

Instructor and Course:  Frost, Observation

  • The Montessori Controversy, Chattin-McNichols, John

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy

*also needed for fall assignment completion (optional purchasing)

  • The Discovery of the Child, by Maria Montessori,

Instructors and Courses:  Brenner, Philosophy; Hansen, Sensorial; Sen, Math; Tatsch, Practical Life

*also needed for fall assignment completion for Philosophy and Laidlaw, Language

  • The Secret of Childhood, Maria Montessori

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy

*also needed for fall assignment completion for Philosophy and Laidlaw, Language

  • The Absorbent Mind, Maria Montessori

Instructors and Courses:  Brenner, Philosophy; Tatsch, Practical Life; Sen, Math

*also needed for fall assignment completion for Philosophy and Laidlaw, Language

  • The Montessori Method, Maria Montessori

Instructors and Courses:  Brenner, Philosophy; Hansen, Sensorial; Tatsch, Practical Life; Frost, Observation; Sen, Math; Laidlaw, Language

*also needed for fall assignment completion

  • Dr. Montessori’s Own Handbook, Maria Montessori

Instructor and Course:  Laidlaw, Language

  • Maria Montessori, Her Life and Work, E.M. Standing

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy; Hansen, Sensorial; Tatsch, Practical Life; Sen, Math

*also needed for fall assignment completion

  • Theories of Childhood, Carol Garhart Mooney 
ISBN I-884834-85-X

Instructor and Course:  Christine Frost, Child Development;

  • Child Development:  by Laura Berk, Seventh Edition ISBN020544913

Instructor and Course:  Christine Frost, Child Development; Dr. Kildow, Child Development 0-3  (optional purchasing)

  • Nurturing the Spirit by Aline D. Wolf, Parent Child Press, 1996 ISBN 0939195178

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy

  • Montessori, A Modern Approach, Lillard

Instructors and Courses:  Hansen, Sensorial; Laidlaw, Language; Sen, Math

The following books are needed to complete assignments due at the Fall and Spring Seminars for the Early Childhood Program:

  • The World of the Child, Wolf, Aline  (PCTE has copies available for loan)

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy

  • Montessori Today, Paula Polk Lillard

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy

  • Montessori in Contemporary American Culture, Loeffler, Margaret Howard

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy  (optional purchasing)

  • The Child in the Family, Montessori, Maria

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy

  • The Advanced Montessori Method, Vol I, Montessori, Maria (Chapter 5)

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy

  • The Formation of Man, Montessori, Maria (Part I)

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy

  • Education for a New World, Montessori, Maria (chapter 12)

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy

  • Learning How to Learn, Rambusch,  Dr. Nancy McCormick

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy  (optional purchasing)

The below books are out of print or difficult to purchase.  They are available for limited       use in the Nancy M. Rambusch Library:

  • The Montessori Controversy, Chattin-McNichols, John

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy

*also needed for fall assignment completion (optional purchasing)

 

  • Child Development:  by Laura Berk, Seventh Edition ISBN020544913

Instructor and Course:  Christine Frost, Child Development; Dr. Kildow, Child Development 0-3  (optional purchasing)

  • Montessori in Contemporary American Culture, Loeffler, Margaret Howard

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy  (optional purchasing)

  • Learning How to Learn, Rambusch,  Dr. Nancy McCormick

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy  (optional purchasing)

Elementary I

These are the books students will need for reading assignments.  PCTE strongly recommends students purchase these books.  If this is not possible, students must have access to these books in order to complete their assignments.  The following books are needed during the summer course work for the Elementary I Program:

  • The Montessori Controversy, Chattin-McNichols, John

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy

*also needed for fall assignment completion  (optional purchasing)

  • The Discovery of the Child, by Maria Montessori,

Instructors and Courses:  Brenner, Philosophy;

*also needed for fall assignment completion

  • The Secret of Childhood, Maria Montessori

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy; Shangle, Practical Life

*also needed for fall assignment completion for Philosophy

  • The Absorbent Mind, Maria Montessori

Instructors and Courses:  Brenner, Philosophy

*also needed for fall assignment completion for Philosophy

  • The Montessori Method, Maria Montessori

Instructors and Courses:  Brenner, Philosophy

  • Education and Peace, Maria Montessori

Instructors and Courses:  Shangle, Philosophy & Practical Life

  • To Educate The Human Potential, Maria Montessori

Instructors and Courses:  Shangle, Philosophy

  • From Childhood to Adolescence, Maria Montessori

Instructors and Courses:  Shangle, Philosophy

  • The Advanced Montessori Method, Volume II, Maria Montessori

Instructors and Courses:  Shangle, Philosophy ; Morris, Math

  • The Formation of Man, Maria Montessori

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy; Shangle, Philosophy

  • Education for a New World, Maria Montessori

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy; Shangle, Philosophy

  • Education for Human Development, Mario Montessori, Jr.

Instructor and Course: Shangle, Philosophy

  • Maria Montessori, Her Life and Work, E.M. Standing

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy

*also needed for fall assignment completion

  • Theories of Childhood, Carol Garhart Mooney 
ISBN I-884834-85-X

Instructor and Course:  Christine Frost, Child Development;

  • Child Development by Laura Berk, Seventh Edition ISBN020544913

Instructor and Course:  Dr. Kildow, Child Development, 6-9 Characteristics  (optional purchasing)

  • Nurturing the Spirit by Aline D. Wolf, Parent Child Press, 1996 ISBN 0939195178

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy; Shangle, Philosophy

  • Literacy in The 21st Century, Tompkins (any edition is acceptable)

Instructor and Course:  Shangle/Steidel, Language & Reading

The following books are needed to complete assignments due at the Fall and Spring Seminars and the Second Summer for the Elementary I Program:

  • The World of the Child, Wolf, Aline

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy

  • Montessori Today, Paula Polk Lillard

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy; Shangle, Philosophy

  • Montessori in Contemporary American Culture, Loeffler, Margaret Howard

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy  (optional purchasing)

  • The Child in the Family, Montessori, Maria

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy

  • The Advanced Montessori Method, Vol I, Montessori, Maria

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy; Shangle, Practical Life

  • Child Education, Maria Montessori

Instructor and Course: Shangle, Practical Life

  • Learning How to Learn, Rambusch,  Dr. Nancy McCormick

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy  (optional purchasing)

  • Yardsticks, Chip Wood

Instructor and Course: Kildow, Child Development

The below books are out of print or difficult to purchase.  They are available for limited       use in the Nancy M. Rambusch Library:

  • The Montessori Controversy, Chattin-McNichols, John

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy

*also needed for fall assignment completion (optional purchasing)

 

  • Child Development:  by Laura Berk, Seventh Edition ISBN020544913

Instructor and Course:  Christine Frost, Child Development; Dr. Kildow, Child Development 0-3  (optional purchasing)

  • Montessori in Contemporary American Culture, Loeffler, Margaret Howard

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy  (optional purchasing)

  • Learning How to Learn, Rambusch,  Dr. Nancy McCormick

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy  (optional purchasing)

Elementary II

These are the books students will need for reading assignments.  PCTE strongly recommends students purchase these books.  If this is not possible, students must have access to these books in order to complete their assignments.

The following books are needed during the summer course work for the Elementary II Program:

  • Euclid’s Window, Leonard Mlodinow

Instructor and Course:  Morris, Geometry

  • The Advanced Montessori Method, Volume II, Dr, Maria Montessori

Instructor and Course:  Morrs, Geometry; Larrow, Math; Language, Bauerlein/Shangle

  • Montessori Today, Paula Polk Lillard

Instructor and Course:  Morris, Geometry

*may also be needed for additional course assignments

  • From Childhood to Adolescence, by Maria Montessori

Instructors and Courses:  Shangle, Biology & History; Aaquist, Chemistry & Geology

  • To Educate the Human Potential, by Maria Montessori

Instructor and Course:  Shangle, Biology & History

  • Child Development by Laura Berk, Fifth Edition ISBN020544913

Course: Child Development, 9-12 Characteristics  (optional purchasing)

The following books are needed to complete assignments due at the Fall and Spring Seminars for the Elementary II Program:

  • Yardsticks, Chip Wood

Instructor and Course:  Kildow, Child Development

  • The Montessori Controversy, Chattin-McNichols, John, (Chapter 9)   (See below)
  • Strategies that Work, Goudvis, A *(required for assigment)
  • Montessori in Contemporary American Culture, Loeffler, Margaret ( pgs, 133-148)  (see below)
  • Literacy for the 21st Century , Tompkins, Gail
  • Mosaic of Thought, Zimmerman, S.  *(required for assignment)

Instructor and Course:  Bauerlein/Shangle, Language and Grammar

The below books are out of print or difficult to purchase.  They are available for limited       use in the Nancy M. Rambusch Library:

  • The Montessori Controversy, Chattin-McNichols, John

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy

*also needed for fall assignment completion (optional purchasing)

 

  • Child Development:  by Laura Berk, Seventh Edition ISBN020544913

Instructor and Course:  Christine Frost, Child Development; Dr. Kildow, Child Development 0-3  (optional purchasing)

  • Montessori in Contemporary American Culture, Loeffler, Margaret Howard

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy  (optional purchasing)

  • Learning How to Learn, Rambusch,  Dr. Nancy McCormick

Instructor and Course:  Brenner, Philosophy  (optional purchasing)